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In this handbook, produced by the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department, Calvin Smith outlines five types of Bible studies, how to find Bible study contacts, how to give a Bible study, what to do when you arrive at the study, gaining decisions for Christ, and much more. We pray this resources is a blessing!
In this short download we are reminded of why "Gratitude" is so important! This page of soul inspiration comes from the recent Executive Committee Newsletter (Jan/Feb 2019). We pray you are re-inspired with a spirit of gratitude for all God's blessings, for truly, a merry heart does good like a medicine.
In this inspiring and thought provoking article, Dr. Ekkehardt Mueller shares practical lessons from the Biblical character Ezra. As we will learn from life of Ezra, study of the Word of God is a prerequisite for knowing God, His plan of Salvation and His will. It is also the foundation of the Christian's spiritual journey. This article, from Elder's Digest, is sure to be a blessing!
Do you ever feel discouraged or lonely, wondering if God cares, if He really understands, or hears your prayers? It's time to put all doubt aside as you read this beautiful "love letter" from your Heavenly Father. Pulled directly from the passages of Scripture, this PDF download is one that you may want to print up and keep in your Bible to read often. Never forget, no matter what happens in your life, God loves you! And His love never changes!
In this downloadable handout, Alistair Huong uses some of William Miller's "Rules of Interpretation" to teach us how to study God's Word. We pray that you are blessed by these handouts as you seek to dig deeper in God's Word.
In this inspiring Bible study, Michael Cafferky, Retired Business Executive & Professor from Southern Adventist University, talks about the grand Biblical themes and their implications for business. What is the Biblical foundation for business? How does the Bible affect our every-day business practices? "Religion and business are not two separate things; they are one," writes Ellen White. We believe this study will be a blessing for any seeking to use their business to glorify God.
If you want to read through the entire Conflict of the Ages Series in a year, this month-by-month reading plan is for you! Ellen G. White wrote this series of books to help us understand the full meaning of the Bible. Day by day you will have Bible verses to read along with the inspired writings of Ellen G. White, until you read the entire Conflict of the Ages set through. For the newly redesigned "Conflict Beautiful," Conflict of the Ages book set, click links!
This document contains a personal "10-Day Heart Challenge" to help start your New Year on a positive spiritual note. It gives specific Bible passages to reflect upon and as well as prayer thoughts to help you seek a deeper walk with Christ. Whether you do it at the beginning of this New Year, or some other time, we are sure that it will be a blessing! (This is not part of the world church official "10 Days Of Prayer," but is meant to prepare you for this event as we will be seeking a deeper experience with Christ!)
The church’s "Reach the World" strategic plan calls on every member to share Jesus. In this inspiring testimony, Andrew McChesney shares how church members in Kenya have been doing just that. In fact, since the initial writing of this story, over 50 pastors of other denominations have now made the decision to become baptized Seventh-day Adventist. This testimony is still unfolding even today...
For those desiring to learn the proper hermeneutics of Bible Study, or for those looking for a deeper experience in God's Word, we are happy to share this "Methods of Bible Study and Interpretation" PDF download. This practical, informative, and educational document comes to us from the Bible Research Institute of the General Conference and was voted into existence at the GC Session in Rio de Janeiro. We pray it is a blessing.
Once a year the Ellen G. White Estate shares materials for a special Sabbath to promote the Spirit of Prophecy and our Adventist Heritage. This year, that Sabbath is October 20th, 2018. However, the following sermon, written by Alberto Timm, Associate Director of the Ellen G. White Estate, is sure to be a blessing to your church, whenever you choose to share it!
Faith and optimism—two simple words that can change you, your church, and your future. A positive, healthy attitude based on hope and faith is the number one human ingredient in church growth. In this inspiring article produced by Ministry Magazine (Dec. 2012), author and pastor Joseph Kidder shares real life examples that will challenge your thinking paradigm in leadership.
In Adventist circles, the story of Desmond Doss's bravery and how he faced persecution from fellow soldiers is repeated over and over. Now, seventy-one years after his heroic efforts, saving the lives of so many in Vietnam, the Desmond Doss story is being shared with the world. So how do we respond to the questions that many may ask as a result of this movie? Here's some pointers. (This article is reprinted and shared from the magazine: "For God and Country: A Journal for Seventh-day Adventists in Military and Public Service" Issue 3, 2016.)
How do we find a faith that won’t flounder in fear? It is said that the canary learns to sing in the dark. We also learn a life of faith when we are alone in the quiet, often in the dark times. In stillness before God, we learn to wait on Him, even if there are storms all around.
In this inspiring article, Jill Morikone shares a personal testimony about how the Word of God can calm a restless and broken heart. She also shares practical tips for how we can incorporate the Word of God into our own daily life and experience a more vibrant walk with Him. This articles was originally featured in "The Journal: A Resource for Ministerial Spouses," Vol. 32. Fourth Quarter 2015.
The Bible tells us in Prov. 25:11, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." This download titled "Apples of Gold" is a creative worship activity for your family using words. We pray that you and your family are blessed as you reflect on the life of Jesus and the Scriptures thru this activity.
In James 5:14 we are told, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” In this enlightening article, Derek Morris talks about how to pray for healing and what Biblical anointing should look like today. (This article comes from Vol. 32 of "The Journal: A Resource for Ministerial Spouses.")
In this inspiring article, originally published in Ministry Magazine, Donna Willey, author of the book From Despair to Deliverance, shares some of her personal testimony as she challenges her readers to have faith in God even when difficulties and painful circumstances cloud the vision. We pray that this testimony will inspire your faith!
In the final hours of earth's history "one interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other--Christ our righteousness." (Sons and Daughters of God, p. 259). The following is Ninety-Five Theses on Christ and righteousness by Faith (Apologies to Martin Luther!) This came out of the archives of Ministry Magazine. We pray you are inspired as you read this download.
In Desire of Ages we are told, "All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses." (The full quote is available here for download and print!)
In this download, Elder Ted Wilson shares 20 practical and foundational keys for spiritual growth and success in life and ministry. While this message was given specifically to church leaders and organizational administrators, this download will be a blessing to any that are looking for spiritual growth in their life and ministry.
Throughout New York State, students who have a message of hope are infiltrating public university campuses. From the streets of Manhattan to the cities in upstate New York, Adventist students, enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, are finding community with each other through Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) groups on their college campuses. Here's their testimony, as published in The Adventist Chaplain magazine.
Looking for fresh opportunities to be a witness? What about helping your visitors at church feel welcome. April 14th, 2018 is official titled "Friends of Hope" or "Visitor Day" by the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the world church. We pray these leadership materials, prepared by Elder Paolo Benini, Sabbath School Personal Ministries Director for the Inter-European Division, are a blessing, for any Sabbath can be a "Friends of Hope" day!
Regular Bible study and prayer is the best way to begin having a real, growing, authentic relationship with God. This Morning Watch Calendar for Youth follows the Believe His Prophets Daily Bible Reading Guide for 2017. Each chapter has a study verse to be memorized as the Youth Morning Watch verse of the day. Remember and pray His Word in your life every day. “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11, NIV)
Inspiration tells us, "With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world!" (Education, 271) Join young people the world over in the 2018 Youth Week of Prayer. The following materials are from the General Conference Youth Ministries.
The Bible tells us, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). In this article authored by Gerhard Pfandl originally in the "Perspective Digest" (a publication of the Adventist Theological Society), we gain some deeper insight into what it might mean to rightly divide the Word of God, using a method of interpretation that is in harmony with the Word itself.
How do you build and maintain a happy healthy marriage amidst the demands of work and busy ministry? In this short inspiring article,Willie and Elaine Oliver, directors of the General Conference Family Ministries Department, share keys to help your marriage not only survive, but thrive even in the busiest of times. (This article was taken from the General Conference Executive Committee Newsletter printed in February of 2018.)
As Christians, we are all called to be servant leaders to tell a world immersed in darkness that the ultimate Servant Leader gave all just so He could spend eternity with us. But what does true servant leadership look like? The following article, from the magazine "For God and Country" (Issue 13, Vol 14) produced by the General Conference Chaplaincy department offers a glimpse of what servant leadership might look like!
Did Ellen White suffer at times from depression? You might be surprised by this inside glimpse into her personal life. This article, written by Tim Poirier, vice director of the Ellen G. White Estate in Silver Spring, Maryland, is taken from The Journal: A Resource for Ministry Spouses (Vol. 34, Third Quarter 2017).
Fasting is a spiritual discipline mentioned numerous times in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The practice continued with the early Christians, as well as well-known Reformers such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley. Adventist pioneers also advocated fasting. Yet, why do we hear so little today about the spiritual discipline of fasting? You will be blessed as Joseph Kidder and Kristy Hodson talk about why fasting should be part of our spiritual life today.
Everyone is looking for happiness, but how do you get happiness in a world that lives under the curse of sin? How do you find a lasting joy that will endure? The following handout, although written specifically for pastor's wives, will inspire women everywhere in how to find contentment in their current circumstances of life.
We all have dark days from time to time, days we wish we could just stay in bed. Like a dark cloud, discouragement hovers over us. In this lesson, Mark Finley outlines life-changing principles to help you get through the tough times. These biblical principles will make a positive difference in your life. We pray this lesson is a blessing!
What did Jesus teach about the Holy Spirit? Is there a spiritual cause to our problems? Is the cause a lack of the Holy Spirit? How can we grow to be happy and strong Christians? How can the Holy Spirit fill our lives today? In this inspiring book, Helmut Haubeil answers some of these important questions and much more. This book is already translated into 28 languages and is sure to change your life as it has many others!
Every promise in the Bible is like a love letter from God. "I am with you. I will never leave you or forsake. I will give you peace. I will deliver you." There are thousands of these such promises hidden all through the Scriptures. This short printable handout is a compilation of a few promises from the 10 Days of Prayer. We pray that these promises speak to your heart in a special way today.
In this resource, specifically designed for young children, you read the story of Jess's party and how important it was that he invite all his friends to be part of the celebration he had prepared. Your young ones will learn why it's important not to leave anyone out from the gospel invitation.
In this inspiring PDF download, Pastor Gavin Anthony, President of the Iceland Conference, puts together 28 Days of Communion with God. He outlines a Vision for Communion, Consequences of Communion, How Communion happens, Communion and the Bible Story, Examples of Communion, and Communion for Mission. We know that you will be blessed by this inspiring collection of quotations from the writings of Ellen G White.
The enemy is doing all in his power to destroy our lives, and he starts his first attack against the family, and against our marriages. He knows if he can break that down, he has us. Society is falling apart as a result of so many broken homes. Now is the time to take a stand, and say no more. Now is the time to pray for your spouse as you've never prayed before. Join us as we lift up couples (and singles too) on this special day of prayer and fasting.
As the song goes, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." And now we are setting aside a special day to pray, not just for our families, but especially for our children. Whether your children are grown or still babies, this is a time to come together corporate interceding for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on their lives. Join us as we pray for our children!
Maybe you'd like to be part of 10 Days of Prayer, but you don't have a church group to join, so you aren't sure where to start. This short download will give you some ideas of ways you can be involved. And remember, 10 Days of Prayer doesn't just have to be for January. You can do it on your own anytime of year!
Looking for something to inspire and bless your loved ones in the coming year? Why not consider making them a "Leaves of Blessing" gift jar? This is a jar filled with 52+ Bible promises and special quotations from Inspiration - enough to last the whole year if they open 1 per week. Ellen White tells us, “Grasp His promises as LEAVES from the Tree of Life” (Ministry of Healing, p. 65). His promises are our very life! That’s why we need to cling tightly to these promises! And what better way than giving a gift that keeps on giving.
Looking for some good reading options to grow your walk with God or boost your faith. Here you will find some of our favorite recommended reading material. Of course we can't give these books away. You will have to order them or purchase from the bookstore. However, these resources are sure to grow your love of the Word, grow your passion for prayer, and they will also inspire you to deeper consecration as you see how God has worked in the lives of His people. So happy reading!
We've added some new categories (Prayers and Promises for: Times of Trouble, Physical and Spiritual Healing, and Comfort in Sorrow), as well as some new languages to our "Praying the Word" collection. If you are wanting to add some dynamite and power to your prayer life...what better way than by claiming God's own Word!
All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. (To get a download of this beautiful quote, ready to print or share with your church, click this link!)
Wondering how to help your children make devotions interesting and engaging. The following download gives some practical tips for young minds to grow their daily time with Jesus, from how to explore Bible stories, to prayer time, worship kits, and how to read Bible verses. We pray this is a blessing for you and your children.
If you live in a city, it's not easy to get into nature on Sabbath. Some congregations spend all day inside the church. But it's very important that your children have a variety of positive and creative Sabbath experiences. The following download from The Journal for Ministry Spouses gives some great suggestions. (Vol. 30, 1st Qtr. 2013)
Jesus had twelve disciples, and each of their stories can teach us powerful lessons. But the story of Andrew is especially interesting. He had a powerful impact on the lives of others, even without recognition. Read on as Lucia Mapiye Gwaze shares her insights.
If you are looking for a simple set of Bible studies to help your children fall in love with God and His Word, and to discover Jesus as their very best friend, here's a great resource to start with. With this first guide, you can teach them how to use their Bible, then get them started in one of the three Bible study series below.
This inspirational collection of prayer resources, prepared by NAD Prayer Ministries coordinator Ruthie Jacobsen, is a great guide to starting prayer ministries. Also, included in this resource booklet is how to spend a day in prayer, how to make your prayer life effective, how to do group Bible study, and how to get your church involved in prayer evangelism.
Wanting some tips and tools to help you learn how to start memorizing Scripture more effectively. The following handout and websites will give some points in the right direction! Let us hide God's Word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him (Ps. 119:11)
In 1899, Ellen White attended a camp meeting in Newcastle, Australia. The meetings were so blessed by the spirit of God that she later wrote how she’d never attended a meeting where it was so evident that the heavenly host was walking among them. During this very special camp meeting, she spoke and shared a dream that God had recently given her. This is the dream!
This inspirational download takes a look at 2 Chronicles 29-31 and talks about how we can prepare our lives for revival, and how we can pursue revival in a way that will bring true lasting change. This resource, made for both personal study and group study, is a treasure chest of inspiration that you will not want to miss.
We all have loved ones that we long to see have a closer walk with God. The theme for this quarter's day of prayer and fasting is titled, "Made Strong Through the Power of the Word: Interceding for Our Family." These materials will give you helpful tools to pray together as a family, and as a church family for your loved ones. (These program materials can be used again and again.)
This booklet, produced by the Oregon Conference, is a how-to guide packed with many wonderful ideas, on starting a prayer ministry in your local church. Let us remember that without prayer, everything else we do will be lacking in Holy Spirit power. Let us move forward on our knees!
How did Seventh-day Adventist become so health conscious? And why is it that we tend to live longer than those that live the typical average lifestyle? This inspiring article takes a look at our healthy heritage and reminds us of health principles that are still important to our lives today.
What might "Watch & Pray" mean practically for us today? Cathie Hartman decided to research this topic a bit more, and this is what she found. As a result of putting these simple principles into practice, Cathie and her family have seen many answers to prayer and miracles in their life.
If we are called to have Christ's character, what might that look like? This beautiful compilation from the Desire of Ages gives an inspiring overview of the character of Christ. As we gaze at Christ, we will be transformed into His image. Inspiration tells us, "Christ is sitting for His portrait in every disciple” (Desire of Ages, p. 827).
Do you find yourself growing resentful to God about the bad things that are happening in your life? Do you sometimes wonder how a loving God could allow certain things to take place? Maybe it's time to review the character of God versus the character of our Enemy and deceiver.
In Isaiah 58, God’s people are instructed, “And thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in” (Isa. 58:12). How do we become the repairer of the breach for the church, or for those lost in darkness? We start by asking God to help us remove the "breaches" in our own heart and life!
It's easy to settle for spiritual mediocrity when that's the kind of world we live in. But God is asking for more of today's Christian men--He's calling for a higher standard. The following inspirational and convicting download gives an outline of the kind of men God is seeking to help labor in the harvest. With God's help, you can become this kind of man!
The following is a growing collection of quotes from Ellen White’s writings, on cultural adaptations in witnessing. This is not a comprehensive collection, but still contains a wealth of inspiration. May God help us as we learn how to gently and meekly share the truth with those around us.
This printable foldout, produced by the General Conference Children's Ministries Department, is an abbreviated Bible Reading plan designed for children. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6)
Wanting to grow your public speaking skills? The following resource, produced by the General Conference Women's Ministries department, has many practical tips and tools to help you along the way. The Bible tells us, "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is within you." (1 Pet. 3:15)
This short and simple "Healthy Heart Challenge" helps us see the ways we are either living for self, or living for Christ. We pray that this inspires all who read to be ALIVE to Christ. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." Gal. 2:20
The following is a collection of Bible promises and Spirit of Prophecy quotes that we can claim as we pray for a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives and church. God is faithful. His Word does not return unto Him void. Claim these promises! God will answer!
Psalm 34:18 says, "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." But what does it mean to have a contrite spirit? We believe the following comparisons will give greater understanding to the concept of what it means to walk in humility before God.
The Bible says if we humble ourselves, He will lift us up. In this short PDF, we share five actions that will help bring unity to your church or circle of fellowship. From apologizing and make wrongs right, to how to pray and encourage one another practically, if these simple ideas are put to practice, you will see miracles.
It's easy to say you are sorry, but do you really mean it? And if you do, what might that look like in everyday life? We pray that you are challenged and encourage In this inspiring PDF that deals with the basics of everyday living...saying "I'm sorry!" and doing something about it.
Wanting more ideas how you could reach out to those in your community. This "Projects of Kindness" document gives lots more great ideas of things you can do to reach out and share the love of Jesus with your neighbors and those in your sphere of influence. There is no excuse not to be involved. We all can do something for Jesus!
Looking for more practical suggestions on how to be an effective witness to those you meet? You will love this compilation of thoughts and ideas that Pastor Robert Costa has put together. God has a work for each of us to do, and if we are willing, He will equip us and show us the way!
Wondering how you can be involved in Total Member Involvement? There are thousands of ways. This document will give you many ideas to get started, for there are people in your sphere of influence that God is just waiting for you to reach. It's time to get involved, for God's glory...
Inspiration tells us, “Agree with the people on every point where you can consistently do so. Let them see that you love their souls, and want to be in harmony with them so far as possible…” (Evangelism, p. 140). This download contains a inspiring collection of thoughts to guide you as you reach out to others. You will be blessed.
The Bible says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). But what does it mean to be crucified with Christ, to die to self, in practical day-to-day life? The following “Healthy Heart Check” is sure to give you some new inspiration as you seek a deeper walk with Christ.
In the Bible, fasting is not an option. It’s a given. Matthew 6:17 doesn’t say, “If you fast,” but rather, “When you fast.” If you are wondering how to begin fasting, the following document will give some practical inspiration and suggestions as well as tips for doing the “Daniel’s Fast.” As Derek Morris says, “We fast from the world so that we can feast on Jesus.” May God will bless your sincere efforts to clear distractions away so you can have a closer deeper walk with Him.
Up until now you may have considered yourself a fairly humble person. However, this short “Healthy Heart Challenge” is sure to challenge you in new ways, as you seek to go deeper in your walk with Christ. Remember, true revival can’t begin until we recognize how desperately we need Christ to change our hearts. Then as we fall broken at the foot of the Cross, surrendering our pride and self-sufficiency to Him, it is His joy to encircle us in the arms of His love, and make us new creatures that will display His glory!
Would you like to make your spiritual life come alive? Develop a deeper passion for God? Be able to better discern God’s will for your life? See God move in a powerful way in your life, your family, your church, and your community? Have more energy and feel better? Try fasting and prayer, the Biblical proven key to spiritual breakthrough. Your life won’t be the same if you implement Janet’s simple suggestions in this short article.
Have you ever wondered how to get started praying the Word? If so, these printable prayer cards, filled with Bible promises and quotes from Inspiration, are just for you. Topics covered include prayers and promises for your spiritual growth, for your children, your marriage, your ministry, for overcoming spiritual breaches, and much more. The promises included will add power to your prayer life. (Also available for download in Spanish. All cards can be edited and personalized!)
Have you wondered what it means to abide with God, to have His continual presence with you as you go about your day? This inspiring collection of E.G.W. quotes shares just what it means to have God’s presence with you. A great resource of inspiration, and also motivation to seek for more of His presence.
Sabbath School is one of the most important parts of Sabbath. It gives us the opportunity for fellowship, mission understanding, outreach and one of the greatest parts, Bible study and discussion. Here are some creative Sabbath School resources provided by the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the General Conference.
In view of the current emphasis on revival and reformation, it is useful for us to ask what role these elements have with respect to our Adventist understanding of last-day events as revealed in the Bible and the writings of Ellen White. You will enjoy the following article produced by the General Conference Biblical Research Institute. Also you can find many resources for the serious Bible student.
Do you ever feel at rock bottom or close to despair in your Christian walk? In this fascinating and powerful testimony, Juanita Kretchmar shares how things got so bad in her own life that she didn’t even want to leave her home. She also shares how she found complete victory and peace in Christ. In the years since this great trial, Juanita has become a strong woman of faith and a mentor to many. This is a must-read testimony for believers in all walks of life!
In this inspiring document, Juanita shows what encountering God through prayer and the promises of Scripture looks like. Some of the topics she covers include: You can trust God’s promises, You can trust God for protection, You can trust God in Worship, You can trust God—You are forgiven, and much more. This is a practical tool for all those wanting to learn how to claim God’s Word in prayer.
Looking for something to boost your faith in God and in the power of prayer? This is a downloadable version of the chapter “The Privilege of Prayer” from the well-known and well-loved book Steps to Christ. This is pure Inspiration, and will re-energize your prayer life!
This inspirational packet, compiled by Jerry and Janet Page, contains many resources on prayer including topics like: Praising God, abiding in Jesus’ love, guidelines for those desiring anointing, encouraging promises and quotes on healing, principles of intercessory prayer, how to pray with your spouse, powerful promises for parents, what to pray for non-Christians, when Satan called a worldwide meeting, and much more. (Download the entire packet or choose topics individually.)